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Southgate to discuss contract after Euros as England target 'next step'
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Simon Peach
Press Association
Gareth Southgate does not plan to sign a new England contract before Euro 2024
Gareth Southgate does not plan to sign a new England contract before Euro 2024

England manager Gareth Southgate is comfortable with fully focusing on making sure there is a Trafalgar Square party in July after European Championship success rather than worrying about his contract situation.

Southgate has made the conscious decision to put talks over his future on hold despite his current terms with the Football Association being set to expire in December.

Euro 2024 will be the fourth major tournament Southgate has taken charge of as England boss and he is determined to minimise any potential distractions.

Southgate insisted: "I have to deliver in the job I'm in, so there's no point in me thinking any further ahead than that.

"My focus is delivering the best possible European Championship for England. Since I came to St George's, our target has been being in the final four of things, with the ultimate aim of winning.

"If you look at the trajectory of a team, we're at that point where we've done a lot of the climb and the enjoyable bit and we're at that last bit, really, of winning and getting over the line.

"We've shown the consistency in the world ranking for the last five years, so there's consistency of performances. We have to translate that with the next step now.

"That's the challenge I have to accept as well and I'm really comfortable with that.

"There's no point in speculating about what might happen after the summer.

"I think we would have to sit and think about that at the end of the tournament. I'm happy to talk about it briefly now but I'm not going to talk about it for the whole summer, what's next.

"We've consciously shelved any discussions internally about what might be next, because I think if we had sat and signed a new contract and done that before the tournament, everybody would have said: 'Well, you did this with [Fabio] Capello and you should be proving yourself before you sign'.

"I'm completely relaxed about that and I have no idea where we'll be in the middle of July, other than I hope it's Trafalgar Square and let's get the party on!"


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